As a high-mileage driver, the S60 seemed a good choice for long-distance cruising work, and following a string of Audi A4s and A6s, the S60 was very impressive for its comfort, power, practicality and specification.
I bought the car new and after covering 70,000 miles in about 18 months my illusion of Volvo's reputation for reliability has been tarnished by two breakdowns in as many months and repair bills for well over £1000, despite the first problem occuring only just over the 60,000-mile warranty period (the car was well within the time given for warranty work).
My local dealer (Stratstone - Stoke on Trent) has been very helpful and the service staff there are first-rate. I thought servicing costs were very high even with familiarity of Audi costs.
Overall, it's a very good car offering great value for money but be wary of reliability and multi-storey car parks, because it's like parking an oil tanker!
Great car. Fatastic engine, smooth, dynamic and not thirsty at all, especially on long distance journeys, average consumtion around 7 litres, even less on motorway. Excellent comfort, very cosy interior, good quality stereo, low interior noice. Excellent driving in snow and winter time in general. Very reliable, no problems at all, but the turbo changed under warranty. The only irritating thing - a huge turning circle, but you get used to it. 40.000 kms since October 2005. Tempted to trade it for a 4x4 at some point, but it is impossible to get rid of a Volvo after some period - every other car seems shabby in comparison. Just try!
I like to say well done Volvo. I laugh at my chums with their overpriced German equivalents, with inflated running costs and egos. Great car, well built and well reliable. loved every second of driving it apart from the dealers.
Dont get the 18" alloy option
Have owned this automatic 02 reg car for last five years after owning a series of BMWsfrom new (328 saloon and 330ci coupe) Only negatives on S60 are main agent service costs,fuel consumption and turning circle. The former can be got round by using an independent agent like "Hallmark Volvo"; the one in Stockport is particularly good and about third cost of main agent!!! Positive points- was very good value a year old and has been very reliable with no faults, very comfortable long distance car,great on motorway where I think it is better than the benchmark BMW including latest 320 which tried as possible replacement last week.( the police seem to still use the S60 as the car of choice quite a lot) The cd and radio fitted as standard are very good and the black metallic and leather with 17" wheels make the car look pretty decent if not the most posey in the car park. The car feels safe and spacious and bigger than its class rivals and the engine and auto box make a good combination with reasonable mid range punch. I guess it is beginning to date a bit visually but it still seems easy on the eye.
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